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Roots: The Next Generations is a television miniseries, introduced in 1979, continuing, from 1882 to the 1960s, the fictionalized story of the family of Alex Haley and their life in Henning, Lauderdale County, Tennessee, USA. This sequel to the 1977 miniseries is based on the last seven chapters of Haley's novel entitled Roots: The Saga of an American Family plus additional material by Haley.

Roots: The Next Generations was produced with a budget of $16.6 million, nearly three times as large as that of the original.

  1. Alex Haley


Series Cast

  1. Richard Thomas

    Richard Thomas

    , Jim Warner

    14 Episodes

  2. Stan Shaw

    Stan Shaw

    Will Palmer, Jim Warner

    14 Episodes

  3. Al Freeman, Jr.

    Al Freeman, Jr.

    Malcom X,

    14 Episodes

  4. James Earl Jones

    James Earl Jones

    Alex Haley

    7 Episodes

  5. Debbi Morgan

    Debbi Morgan

    Elizabeth Harvey

    7 Episodes

  6. Lynn Hamilton

    Cousin Georgia Anderson

    7 Episodes

  7. Lynne Moody

    Lynne Moody

    Irene Harvey

    7 Episodes

  8. Marc Singer

    Marc Singer

    Andy Warner

    7 Episodes

  9. Kristoff St. John

    Kristoff St. John

    Alex Haley, Age 12

    7 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 1

1979 | 7 Episodes

Season 1 of Roots: The Next Generations premiered on February 18, 1979.

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Roots: The Next Generations


Status Ended


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Type Miniseries

Original Language English


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